The Red Line

Episode 18 - The Geopolitics of Turkmenistan

June 1, 2020

Often referred to as the North Korea of Central Asia, Turkmenistan is simply a desert of contradictions. A nation where you memorize poems to get your driver's license, where the president raps on TV, and where many Guinness world records are broken; but more importantly a nation of starving people on top of the 4th largest gas reserves in the world. 

We go deeper into this reclusive society and talk about their abandonment of Moscow and their newfound masters in Beijing, as well as how this country tries its best to stay neutral in a very dangerous geopolitical neighborhood. 

Guests this week are

Peter Leonard (Eurasianet)
Naz Nazar (Radio Free Europe)
Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute)

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